Glaud closing in on decision

Three-star Atco (MJ) Winslow linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud is a wanted prospect. Glaud still has five schools in the running, including Louisville, and plans to announce his decision Wednesday morning. has the latest.

"He's going to choose between Iowa, Rutgers, West Virginia, Louisville and Maryland," said Winslow head coach Mike McBride said. "I have no idea which way he's leaning. When I left him this afternoon at school he still had nothing concrete."

Ka'Lial Glaud is playing things close to vest and will unveil his school of choice during a 9 a.m. press conference at his school. Last week, Glaud had a steady stream of college coaches visit him and make final recruiting pitches for their programs.

"They went very well," said McBride of the meetings. "Coach Kragthorpe from Louisville came in with his entire defensive staff. West Virginia also came in and Iowa. He's gotten a lot of traffic over the last couple weeks."

Glaud has family connections to Iowa. Will that influence his decision?

"I'm not sure it plays in a whole lot," McBride said. "The young man is a free thinker and he wants to pick the best school for him. He doesn't feel like he has to go there because his family did. He wants to find the best fit for him. (But) the kids from this area all go to Iowa. If he doesn't go to Iowa he's going to sort of break the mold."

Louisville got involved in Glaud's recruitment late in the process but have put their best foot forward over the past few weeks. Glaud made an official visit to Louisville a couple of weeks back and had a very good visit with the Cardinals.

"Here's what happened," McBride said. "I'm real good friends with Larry Slade. When he was at Tennessee he recruited Ka'Lial. When he went to Louisville that's how they got involved. He went for an official visit down there two weeks ago and had a great time."

Steve Kragthorpe visited Glaud last week and brought along his entire defensive coaching staff. Why has Louisville pushed so hard for Glaud's services?

"His leadership ability and his ability to be a great character person," McBride said. "On the football field you're talking about a kid who is 6-foot-2, 226-pounds of mean linebacker. He's a very big kid and looks ready to play right now. He's also an outstanding student. He had a great in-home visit with the entire (Louisville) coaching staff."

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